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The 2015 Fintech Finance 35: Matthew Harris, Bain Capital Ventures

No. 3 Matthew Harris, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Matthew Harris
Managing Director
Bain Capital Ventures

Until recently, Matthew Harris hated “fintech.” Before the term was embraced as representing a hot sectoral trend, it was merely shorthand for the universe of vendors selling technology to financial companies. “The next ten years are going to be characterized by a grinding down of the cost bases of JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley,” says Harris, 42, who heads the New York office of Boston-based Bain Capital Ventures. “That’s not a good space to be a vendor.” For Harris, who early in his career worked on private equity deals for Mitt Romney at BCV parent Bain Capital, after graduating from Williams College in 1994 with a BA in political economy, the much more exciting opportunity is in what he calls finsurgents — companies like business lender OnDeck Capital that use technology to compete with incumbent institutions. Harris invested in New York–based OnDeck in 2006 through Village Ventures, an early-stage firm he had co-founded in 2000 with Williams classmate Bo Peabody. Harris’s more than a dozen investments there included TxVia, a mobile payments platform that Google acquired in 2012, and digital banking pioneer Simple, which Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria bought last year. “For me, at a small firm, even with a good personal brand, it was increasingly feeling like I was at a disadvantage, so I decided to come back to Bain [in 2012] and build the fintech practice within the venture arm,” Harris explains. BCV manages $3 billion of committed capital and has 24 investment professionals, five of them on the fintech team. Harris, who has invested $250 million over the past three years in companies like AvidXchange (commercial payments automation) and Digital Currency Group (see Barry Silbert, No. 13), enjoys the flexibility he has at Bain: “I can get interested in and back the best entrepreneur, whether it’s a woman just starting or a guy who’s got a $100 million company.”

The 2015 Fintech Finance 35

1. James Robinson III
& James Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
2. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
3. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
4. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
5. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
6. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
7. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
8. Thomas Jessop
Goldman Sachs Group
9. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
12. Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
17. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
18. Alan Freudenstein & Gregory Grimaldi
Credit Suisse
19. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
20. Rodger Voorhies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
21. Michael Schlein
Accion International
22. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
23. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
24. Mark Beeston
Illuminate Financial Management
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Fabian Vandenreydt
Innotribe SWIFT
27. Derek White
28. Alex Batlin
29. Jeffrey Greenberg
& Vincenzo
La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
30. P. Howard Edelstein
REDI Holdings
31. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp FinTech
32. Roy Bahat
Bloomberg Beta
33. Andrew McCormack
Valar Ventures
34. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
35. Janos Barberis
FinTech Hong Kong

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